Cogswell’s Grant

Cogswell’s Grant

60 Spring Street | Essex, MA 01929

(978) 768-3632

Cogswell’s Grant was the summer home of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little, preeminent collectors of American decorative arts in the mid 20th century. In 1937, the Littles purchased this 18th-century farmhouse overlooking the Essex River as a family retreat and place to entertain. They restored it carefully, trying to preserve original 18th-century finishes and carefully documenting their work. In more than 50 years of collecting, they sought works of strong, even quirky character, and in particular favored objects with their original finishes and New England histories.

The Littles decorated the house for visual delight rather than historic accuracy. The result is rich in atmosphere and crowded with collections of things — paintings, redware, painted furniture, stacked Shaker boxes, weathervanes and decoys — that have since come to define the country look.


Open for tours June 1 – October 15, Wed. – Sun., 11am – 4pm.  Tours on the hour.


Essex River Cruises & Charters

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Essex Merchants Group

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